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Album: Surrealistic Pillow
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Released: 1967
Length: 2:55
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Today, I feel like pleasing you
More than before
Today, I know what I want to do
But I don't know what for
To be living for you
Is all I want to do
To be loving you
It'll all be there
When my dreams come true

Today, you'll make me say
That I somehow have changed
Today, you'll look into my eyes
I'm just not the same
To be any more than all I am
Would be a lie
I'm so full of love
I could burst apart
And start to cry

Today, everything you want
I swear it will all come true
Today, I realize how much
I'm in love with you
With you standing here
I could tell the world
What it means to love
To go on from here
I can't use words
They don't say enough

Please, please listen to me
It's taken so long to come true
It's all for you, all for you
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Beautiful song from one of the best RnR albums.
Happy Birthday Grace for yesterday - 30-Oct - being a gentleman I'll not mention The Lady's age!
I was so lucky to have heard J.A. before they became big. It was a rainy night in Boston; they were playing in a place at the bottom of the Hancock Tower. When they played You And Me and Parnell, Paul Katner brought a small tape recorder to play the guitar feedback part because the venue had no equipment. 
Invited by my friend Marty, I was playing hookey from Juniata College - stoned but never had enough back then. Such great memories to grow old on. I hope that music brings such joy to younger generations today.
There was a certain fidelity, clarity, authenticity, and innocence to their sound on the early albums.
Yet among all the glory, LSD doesn't seem to be a solution, or does it?
How can I ever forget all of the times that this tune seared its way deep into the innermost recesses of my consciousness (and surely my unconscious mind, as well?)? This is undeniably pure musical genius, on every single level. Yet, it sounds like it was improvised in a tiny nightclub with a certain purple haze... Perhaps one of the most perfect songs EVER... IMMORTAL, and worthy of eternal worship!
I'm 77 years old. This remains one of my favorite albums of all time. And I still have it!
 amystone wrote:
rest in peace Marty Balin
 
And Jerry Garcia.   (Guesting on this track.)
Gotta be one of my favourite songs of all time.  Such a wonderful, haunting melody and lyrics.  Can't rate it high enough.
Today is 8/16/2020
WOODSTOCK was 51 years ago today.
Jefferson Airplane was there.

One of the few records for eternity --> Godlike
One of the "God" groups of the 60's!  Doesn't get any better!
Always love JA Turned on to JA and LSD back in the early 70s Power to the people Oh the days Let’s all wake up today
Probably the prettiest Love song ever done by one of my favorite groups of all time!
When we list the "Gods" of rock and roll; J.A. are up there!
 amystone wrote:
rest in peace Marty Balin
 

Jorma is still alive and kicking, did a club gig here in Tel Aviv last year, great show, blues erudite guitar virtuoso
Definitely one of the most beautiful songs of that year from a fantastic group.  Thanks for playing it.
rest in peace Marty Balin
Up to a 10, when a song gives me the goose bumps over my entire body until the end, that says something.
 Jazbo wrote:
Stirring up some old feelings. Such a beautiful song....

 
{#Daisy} Likewise.
 robertomiller wrote:
Well, there's a gem I missed… 

 
if you liked this one, then check out Comin' Back to Me from the same album
I'm going with a 9- "Outstanding"
As my 2 older brothers, Steve & Dave would have said "You'd have to have been there"
So much passion in the San Francisco Bay Area back then. 
Used this song for our wedding procession, almost 33 years ago.
so excellent
Well, there's a gem I missed… 

 I vote for "Blows Against the Empire"

 

Skydog wrote:

"Crown Of Creation" would be a good Paul Kantner song to go with or how about the entire "Blows Against The Empire" album by Jefferson Starship.

 


 bam23 wrote:

Me too. In retrospect this is Garcia playing, but in this case the sound fits into the Airplane's sound so well that I never made the connection.

 
Garcia is acknowledged on the album cover as the band's "spiritual advisor". {#Sunny}
 sktillman wrote:
Early Jeff Air is as good as it gets. I did not know that the sparing lead guitar was Jerry Garcia until the song's introduction. Very interesting. Count me as one appreciative not only of the song itself (!) but the intriguing details. TY, RP.

 
Me too. In retrospect this is Garcia playing, but in this case the sound fits into the Airplane's sound so well that I never made the connection.
Early Jeff Air is as good as it gets. I did not know that the sparing lead guitar was Jerry Garcia until the song's introduction. Very interesting. Count me as one appreciative not only of the song itself (!) but the intriguing details. TY, RP.
"Crown Of Creation" would be a good Paul Kantner song to go with or how about the entire "Blows Against The Empire" album by Jefferson Starship.
Another piece of my mortal heart removed...
One of my favorite JA songs, and perfect for honoring Paul. 
Another week, another fallen rock star.  So long, Paul.
 leafmold wrote:

So true.



 
Yes, still sounds great!
 
{#Heartkiss} .......... love this so much, thanks RP
This is one of my all time favorite songs and thanks for playing it.  What wonderful lyrics and melodies and some luscious memories that go along with it.  Ohhh, that tall grass of my youth.
Played at my wedding 18 years ago...shoulda been our wedding song but opted for a Platters tune.  Thanks Bill for playing a great love song!
Stirring up some old feelings. Such a beautiful song....
Great song...  Renee Fleming did a cover of this and it held up nicely...


I read somewhere that this album outsold "Disraeli Gears" and "Sgt Peppers"  and was number one selling album that year. I went thru a few vinyl copies. Great tunes and a moment in time before the world changed.


Hard to believe that "core" members from this group went on to record.....'We built this City"(ughhhhhhh)


....oh, duh.  Should'a checked the personnel on this track.  Me so much smarter now.
Keep hearing Dead licks in here... Morning Dew?  The Eleven?
 stargazer1 wrote:
After a whole lotta years, this song still sounds good. So do a lot of other songs on this album. {#Music}
 
So true.


After a whole lotta years, this song still sounds good. So do a lot of other songs on this album. {#Music}
 Dave_Mack wrote:

I agree totally! I was thinking that Jesse Sykes had a kind of 60's psychedelic vibe to it, like maybe Quicksilver Messenger Service. Or Jefferson Airplane {#Cheers} And I probably posted earlier that this is a beautiful song, and one of my faves by them.
 
Seconded!
Still surrealistic after all these years . . .
I love this song. They don't write em like they used to.....
This song is how I told my high school sweetheart that I loved her. Awww shucks...
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
What a great follow up from Jessie Sykes "The Dreaming Dead". Way to stack 'em Bill!
 
I agree totally! I was thinking that Jesse Sykes had a kind of 60's psychedelic vibe to it, like maybe Quicksilver Messenger Service. Or Jefferson Airplane {#Cheers} And I probably posted earlier that this is a beautiful song, and one of my faves by them.
And today, of course, on RP this afternoon it is Tuesday Afternoon, despite the calendar saying Friday.
 Hannio wrote:


One of the best albums from the 60's.  Or any era, for that matter.
 

In fairness to the Baroque, albums were not yet invented.  {#Boohoo} 
Holy crap, this takes me back. Excellent tune. Excellent album.
Mmmmmmmmm...first time, wow man, I feel it's super vibe
me likey 
Everyone in Rometuna's hotel room loves this song.
 lattalo wrote:
If you don't have the album you are really missing out on some fantastic
music.  Thank you for playing this Bill.  Ah college, so good!

 

One of the best albums from the 60's.  Or any era, for that matter.
Nice segue....
 ozzie1313 wrote:
A couple songs that remind me of the Airplane and now the Airplane - awesome.
 
What you said.
A couple songs that remind me of the Airplane and now the Airplane - awesome.
Very nice !!
If you don't have the album you are really missing out on some fantastic
music.  Thank you for playing this Bill.  Ah college, so good!

 agkagk wrote:
The Airplane turned into a Starship and flew off to some place where it wasn't worth the effort to follow.
 

Yeah, that was a shame, wasn't it? Love this song, though.
Who could sing a sappy love song better than Marty?
The Airplane turned into a Starship and flew off to some place where it wasn't worth the effort to follow.
Rented the DVD, Fly Jefferson Airplane, recently. I was quite surprised by the quality of both the video and audio. Recommended!
I still love this song......
In a very deep way, I just love this song.
i wore this LP thin. JA withstands the test of time.
all for you
{#Cowboy}
A great song off a great LP....
 jagdriver wrote:



            Marty Balin today


    I sure would like to listen to that guitar !


 Tree_Hugger wrote:
I always associate this song with the love scene between Viggo Mortensen and Diane Lane in Walk on the Moon. Now that was some eye candy!
 
It's a little too early in the morning for me to fully appreciate your comment, but that WAS incredible... 

 TJS wrote:
Has Marty Balin ever written a bad song?
 
Well, yes actually —-"Miracles" Having said that, this is terrific. 


This may be the most heart-rending, emotionally piercing song of all R 'n R. Astoundingly beautiful.
Has Marty Balin ever written a bad song?



            Marty Balin today


I haven't heard this in a very long time, not since my turntable broke.
 Hannio wrote:

Such a beautiful song.


 
So, so true..........an absolute period piece.

so amazing!

Such a beautiful song.


 mrmagoo wrote:
...
I know, you've heard of the summer of love, but it was, it really was.
 
I was a 15-year-old Canadian high school student in a dinky rural highschool in Ontario, and you're right!  There must have been a lot of negative ions in the earth's atmosphere those few years in the late '60's!  Something was definitely going on in the "astral plane".

 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
What a great follow up from Jessie Sykes "The Dreaming Dead". Way to stack 'em Bill!
 
{#Notworthy} Amen

 mrmagoo wrote:
Grace and the boys, there was nothing like it.
I know, you've heard of the summer of love, but it was, it really was.
Sorry, but I got a buzz going........
 

Absolutely, it was.
Excellent song from an excellent album.  The album had the right mix of uptempo and slower songs.  Definitely their best album.
Look how young those people on the album cover are. Almost a miracle this song is....
Beautiful.
Grace and the boys, there was nothing like it. I know, you've heard of the summer of love, but it was, it really was. Sorry, but I got a buzz going........
I always associate this song with the love scene between Viggo Mortensen and Diane Lane in Walk on the Moon. Now that was some eye candy!
SDBob wrote:
we all had a thing for Grace... then I saw her at a free concert in Long Beach with Santana and she was such a B#### that it completely blew my fantasy!
I have a thing for Grace too. Every time I see her face I get the trots.
SDBob wrote:
we all had a thing for Grace... then I saw her at a free concert in Long Beach with Santana and she was such a B#### that it completely blew my fantasy!
Why? What happened?
This was such a huge album for me when it ame out. Wore out 2 copies.
sunybuny wrote:
me too.. ho hum...
ho hum? ho hum? Could this be the result of those raised as KISS babies?
me too.. ho hum...
Blimey. I don't often give 3s, but I just did.
laskaguy wrote:
great song. However I could not shake the feeling that she sounds just like Rodney Crowell.
"She" doesn't sing this one. Marty Balin is singing.
I can't believe I've been listening to this album for 40 YEARS and haven't tired of it! This track in particular is a favorite, as I'm pretty sure it was playing when my first hit of acid started to kick in... Damn, there I go getting nostalgic again.
great song. However I could not shake the feeling that she sounds just like Rodney Crowell.
dolfan wrote:
... now am thinking I need to buy this....
Um yeah buddy. This isn't even the best track by far. One of the most track-to-track consistently good LPs ever produced.
I knew this was an iconic album of the sixties and I have a song or two from it, but in the past two days I have heard a couple of cuts from it I had never heard before (on RP, of course), and now am thinking I need to buy this. Beautiful guitar work like this needs to be in my life more.
sully3 wrote:
Nice to hear a Jefferson Airplane song that isn't "Somebody To Love" or "White Rabbit" :D
yeah really!
Reminds me of the musty lace curtains the former owner left in our 1921 house.
This cut is a virtual time machine for me... was playing when I was saying goodbye to my girlfriend as I left for the Navy...also evidence that Marty Ballin had a soft-side to his song writing...
RedGuitar wrote:
I really liked this album when it first came out (and I had a "thing" for Grace!), and I still think it's a fine CD.
we all had a thing for Grace... then I saw her at a free concert in Long Beach with Santana and she was such a B#### that it completely blew my fantasy!
RedGuitar wrote:
I really liked this album when it first came out (and I had a "thing" for Grace!), and I still think it's a fine CD.
we all had a thing for Grace... then I saw her at a free concert in Long Beach with Santana and she was such a B#### that it completely blew my fantasy
slowhand wrote:
This is the "real airplane". This was their pinnacle period.
ubetcha!!!!! the airplane at their best!!!!
This is the "real airplane". This was their pinnacle period.
What a pleasant surprise.
What a great follow up from Jessie Sykes "The Dreaming Dead". Way to stack 'em Bill!
...and every day! YEAH! Wow, a rainy day really comes alive to this...
SCORE!!!
jadewahoo wrote:
What a beautiful song of passion and yearning, pathos and pain.
Indeed. This one reaches deep within one's soul.
I really liked this album when it first came out (and I had a "thing" for Grace!), and I still think it's a fine CD.
hippie wrote:
Not at any of mine, I only have 2 ex's, god help me if there were 998 more
Hahahahahahahah.........
What a beautiful song of passion and yearning, pathos and pain.
Beautiful song.....
Haich wrote:
...incredible song from an amazing album.
Great album.
Good rainy day song.
Wow! Flashback! I got this album for my 16th birthday!!!!!
What memories this evokes!!
RosieRedfield wrote:
Probably sung at a thousand hippie weddings...
Not at any of mine, I only have 2 ex's, god help me if there were 998 more